SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (9-9-0-1) were shut out by the Stockton Heat (13-6-0-2) at SAP Center Wednesday night, losing 6-0 and failing to score for the second time this season.
With only ten total shots coming in the first period from both teams, the Heat took the early momentum with a ricochet goal off the back of Barracuda netminder Antoine Bibeau from Hunter Shinkaruk (6) just over five minutes into the action, with assists coming from Rasmus Andersson and Tyler Wotherspoon. Ten minutes later, Wotherspoon (3) would get involved again at the 15:32 mark, scoring off a cross-ice feed from teammate Marik Hrivik to give the Heat a 2-0 lead going into the break.
Stockton right winger Spencer Foo (2) scored the only goal in the second period, firing a shot from the far point that deflected off the near post past Bibeau to bring the Heat lead to 3-0 at the 9:07 mark. After allowing three goals on only eight shots, Bibeau would be replaced in goal by Olympic-hopeful Parker Gahagen (0-1). The Barracuda failed to convert on three power play opportunities in the period, but held the Heat scoreless through the final ten minutes of the frame with two big saves from Gahagen to keep the Heat advantage at three.
The Heat continued to dominate the game offensively through the final 20 minutes of play. Foo (3) would score first in the third period on a Heat power play opportunity, earning his second goal of the night by working his way around and just in front of Gahagen before pushing a shot above the right shoulder of the Barracuda netminder at the 4:20 mark to bring the score to 4-0. Then Hrivik (7) would give Stockton their fifth goal of the night at the 11:22 mark, scoring off an assist from Andersson, his third in the contest. Spencer Foo (4) would complete the hat trick with 6:04 remaining with a goal that would require an official review, but eventually brought the final score to 6-0.
Stockton's Jon Gillies (7-5-1) earned the victory making 25 saves on 25 shots for his fifth career shut-out performance, while San Jose's Bibeau (6-4) took the loss, making 5 saves on 8 shots.
The Barracuda take on the Pacific Division-leading Tucson Roadrunners three consecutive times over the next week, with the first match-up of the season for the two teams coming in San Jose at SAP Center Friday night at 7 p.m. Tickets start at just $10 and are available for purchase at SJBarracuda.com/tickets.